About Rye

RYE/RYE BEACH. Proud owners of eight of New Hampshire's 18 miles of coastline, this desirable seaside community, with just over 5000 residents, boasts tree lined boulevards, gracious estates and family neighborhoods. Stunningly luxurious homes dot the scenic coastline that meanders from North Hampton to the south to the tiny island village of New Castle just north of this beautiful town.

The area which was to become Rye, was the site of the state's first European settlement. Established in 1632 by David Thompson, he called the settlement "Pannaway Plantation". Now officially known as Odiorne's Point, it is a 300-acre State Park with picnicking, sunbathing, hiking and several miles of paved bicycle trails as well as the Seacoast Science Center. The settlement eventually became a part of the booming port town of Portsmouth but was incorporated as a part of New Castle when that town split off from Portsmouth in 1693. Rye separated from New castle in 1726, was incorporated and officially named in honor of an English Channel town in the "Old World". Over the years Rye managed to annex four of the nine Isles of Shoals, located several miles off the New Hampshire coast.

Aside from the obvious history of this little town that can be found in several local museums, Rye offers the sun and sand you would expect from a seacoast community. In addition to Odiorne's Point State Park, there is also Wallis Sands, Jenness Beach, Ragged Neck, Locke's Neck and Rye Harbor. Still a fishing community, small fishing boats can be found moored in the picturesque inlets and waterways that curve their way in and out along coastal route 1A. Other activities in town include golfing at Wentworth By Sea Country Club or Abenaqui Country Club, whale watching and just plain relaxing. Nearby Portsmouth offers shopping of all kinds, casual and fine dining, theaters and the arts as well as entertainment of all kinds.

In just an hour you can be at Boston's' Logan Airport or Manchester Airport, or head North to hike or ski in the beautiful White Mountains. Truly an ideal location!

Rye provides strong support for its schools, with an award-winning volunteer program and is part of SAU #50. Grades one through five attend Rye Elementary School, grades six through eight attend Rye Junior High and students' education is completed at the Portsmouth High School.

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